In the years preceding Reagan's presidency, U.S. foreign policy was dictated by Henry Kissinger who believed that the Soviet Union would always be the world's one superpower, and that his job was to negotiate the best second place for the United States. Kissinger believed we had to accept a future built on Nikita Khrushchev’s “peaceful coexistence,” Richard Nixon’s détente, Mikail Gorbachev’s perestroika, and treaties that accepted U.S. strategic inferiority to the Soviet Union.
When Ronald Reagan came to office, his strategy was completely different. It was "We win, they lose." In 1983 he dared to label the Soviet Union an “evil empire.” He designed our nation’s future built on victory over Communism. That attitude was what led him to go to Berlin in 1987 and dare to say, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall." Reagan wrote those words into the speech himself. Reagan was the architect of the awesome victory that took place in the first year after he finished his term. As Margaret Thatcher summed it up, “Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot.”
Victory over Communism happened because Reagan demanded it, both in rhetoric and in policy decisions, and millions of people owe their freedom today to the vision and the courage of a true leader, Ronald Reagan.
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